Jacobs has been unsuccessful in its bid to retain a potentially lucrative $2.8 billion contract with the Special Operations Command (SOCOM), following a challenge at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The dispute centered around the recompetition for the Special Operations Forces IT Enterprise Contract (SITEC), a key project initially won by Jacobs in 2018. The recompete, facilitated through the Alliant 2 vehicle, saw Peraton emerge as the new awardee last fall, prompting Jacobs to lodge a protest alleging non-compliance with solicitation requirements and questioning Peraton’s qualification as a responsible contractor.
The GAO’s decision on January 31 to deny Jacobs’ protest removes the final hurdle for Peraton to commence work as the prime contractor for SITEC. Jacobs’ objections, including concerns over the evaluation of key personnel and the integrity of the procurement process, were dismissed, setting a definitive end to the dispute with no further recourse to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims available for Jacobs. The SITEC contract is essential for SOCOM’s IT infrastructure, covering a wide range of services from network operations to training, with an extension period of up to eight years.